Jan 4th, 2016 Dakar Rally Stage 2 Race Info & Discussion

Join in and discuss all the action from Stage 2 of the 2016 Dakar Rally. Robby Gordon will drive the #312 Speed Energy/Traxxas/Toyo Tires Gordini, and his teammate, Sheldon Creed, will drive Gordini #337. The special section of Stage 2 has been shortened from 521km to 387km. Robby Gordon start time: 9:11am/et, Sheldon Creed start time: 9:16am/et. Raceday chat will be available throughout the entire 2016 Dakar Rally.

2016 Prologue Photos



Connection 337km | Special Stage 521km* | Total 858km


The statistics speak for themselves: with around 800 kilometres to cover depending on the category, the day will be very long. There is a significant distance to cover in both the special and the liaison sections: although the terrain presents no real difficulties, the relatively fast tracks may already benefit those who love hills and crossing rivers and who can keep up high speeds over the whole distance. Cars and trucks are entitled to an extension on this day.

The GREEN section of the route is the connection , the RED is the Special Section of the stage.

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yup , told WJM about this a bit above (P27 of this thread)

Any word on the next stage, being shortened as well?

"Assistance" in the rule book is a vague, translated word. The rules are to keep team cars from "helping/repairing" racers. For the most part think of assistance as parts, tires and tools. Not getting someone unstuck.

Examples of forbidden assistance:

It is forbidden to get assistance from a registered team assistance vehicle. IE the Freightliner 686 drives a new alternator to the 312 while on a special section.

Having a local drive an alternator to the 312 is assistance.

Getting unstuck is not classified as assistance. Don't think of it in the English word meaning

So whats the final finish and tomorrows line up, also what about chat?

to early in the day to answer that question Speedy

A Polaris made it in 1hr 3min back

Year over Year Perspective: 2015 Stage #2 Standings:


Will there be a Dakar daily update on USA TV this year?? ESPN ??


Thanks ...got it all set up to record on my TV..

NBCSN usually does it. It's scheduled on my dvr for today.

Sounds like a tough day for the TEAM SPEED guys. Hey we're still in it and nothings broke...on to Stage 3


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